Category Archives: Africa

A new voice

Meeting Elida Almeida was one of the highlights of my trip to Cape Verde earlier this year. You can hear more from her on “Kebrada”, my world music album of the week in the Sunday Times.   Advertisements

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Family portrait, Pietermaritzberg

“In one portrait, everyone is dressed in Western clothes except for two young women, who are, by Zulu custom, bare from the waste up, indicating that they’re still single.” Photos lost and found from a neighbourhood studio. [HT @newyorker via … Continue reading

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Les Blancs – too black & white

I don’t mind admitting that, until Lorraine Hansberry’s play “Les Blancs” opened at the National this month, I’d never even heard of it. After sitting through Yaël Farber’s production last night, I don’t feel quite so guilty. The London critics greeted this … Continue reading

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Notebook

From Nigeria, he flew to Accra, Ghana, which boasted a small, vocal colony of black American expatriates that included Shirley Graham DuBois, W.E.B. DuBois’s widow, and authors Maya Angelou and Julian Mayfield. Banding together into an ad hoc “Malcolm X … Continue reading

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Sundries

The FT’s correspondent interviews South Africa’s most notorious revolutionary over lunch and gets a surprise at the end: I shake his hand in the routine English way, apologising that I don’t know the elaborate South African variation, which involves three different … Continue reading

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Notebook

The defining feature of the GIA’s [Groupe Islamiste Armé] war was its ultra-violent methods. The terrorists did not simply kill people but turned the murders into a form of performance or ritual. As in the original War of Independence, throats … Continue reading

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Genre

From a  series on “romance novelists in Northern Nigeria” at the Lagos Photo Festival.

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Facing Ebola in Liberia

“I tell them, “Don’t be afraid.’” An ambulance nurse goes about his daily work in Monrovia. An extraordinary, humbling video dispatch from The New York Times.

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